In 2013 I made a few private resolutions.
- Run a marathon ✓
- Quit my job ✓
- Buy a piece of property ✕
#1 was easy. I’ve been milking that for months.
I left my role in engineering for the Labs team at Indeed, so I’m counting that as a win for #2.
I didn’t find any condos or homes that I loved, so I’m not losing any sleep over #3.
For 2014 I’m going to revisit my 2012 strategy of publicly declaring resolutions.
- Quit drinking for all of January.
- No news consumption.
- Read at least 24 books.
- Significant traction in a side project
I was considering going dry for all of Q1, but after floating the idea I’ve decided to table it. If you suggest this, people will look at you like you told them you were going to eat their pets.
The news thing is the big one. The “news is bad for you” meme is gaining some steam. I’ve written about it before. News includes pretty much anything useless on the internet. Exceptions are podcasts and audio editions of newspapers because there’s not much else to do in the car. Weekly digests are also fine.
If I can manage to pry myself away from the news, then reading will be a piece of cake. I enjoy it, but a rule helps me get into a flow state.
You’ve gotta have a stretch goal. For me, it’s getting a side project off the ground. “Significant” carries some ambiguity. I don’t want to limit myself to a revenue target. Unique visits or some other metric is acceptable. I’ll know it when I see it.